Ian Somerhalder with the help of his fans has won the Mozilla Challenge by raising $120,000 for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (Ecorazzi, Jan. 11) The star had originally hoped to raise $50,000 but after regular campaigning more than doubled that amount. Jimmy Kimmel came in a second while Bat World Sanctuary came in third. Mozilla, for their part pledged to donate $100,000 split between the top three fundraisers. The ISF will recieve $50,000..
Somerhalder regularly uses Twitter to raise awareness for ISF used the social networking platform to regularly encourage fans to give. He also gave updates on the fundraising progress and as the competition came down to the wire, “The Vampire Diaries” star tweeted “Donations still being counted. ISF is in 1st place right now! Wow! It ain't over till it's over!” Once all votes had been counted he excitedly announced “SO blown away right now...we WON!!!!! YOU did it! Seriously cannot thank you all enough...I'm truly in awe of you guys.”
The star who has long been linked to the big screen adaptation of “50 Shades Of Grey” raffled off his copy of the novel as a prize for donating to the cause with the added incentive of a personalized note. Somerhalder, who’s birthday was Dec. 8 asked that fans not send him birthday gifts but to make a donation instead. The busy environmentalist also recently filmed “Time Framed” a short film that features a James Bond channeling Somerhalder fighting to save the environment.
According to the ISF website, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” Ian and the foundation are raising awareness for everything from animal cruelty to habitats and global resources: “who view the environment as an interconnected organism of which we are not separate but a part of. There is no differentiation between all living things: trees, rivers, animals and humans. We are all one interdependent organism.”